There was a time when we used to take help of paint for taking a screenshot. It was a lengthy process where you need to press “Prntscr” button and then open paint and press “Ctrl+v” to take a screenshot. While making screenshots for your blog posts, many times you need to mark something with arrows and other shapes which should look attractive.
No matter, if you are a blogger or a content writer or you are making a presentation, taking a screenshot becomes necessary. Taking a screenshot saves a lot of time and effort. Instead of noting down all the details one by one, just take the screenshot and save it. It is simple and a complete hassle free process but, only if proper screenshot tool is used.
When it comes to a screen capture tool, there is large number of tools available in the market. Most of them are either paid or lack some important features. However, there is one screenshot tool which is full of features and free to use. We are talking about Greenshot, a free screenshot tool which makes taking a screenshot as easy as it can be. The tools it offers are well enough to make attractive screenshots.
Greenshot is an open source screenshot tool which is completely free to use. It is light in weight and offers following features:
- It allows creating a screenshot of a selected part or full screen. It can also be used to capture a complete web pages screenshot from Internet Explorer.
- It offers a large number of editing options.
- Screenshots taken by Greenshot can directly be printed, attached to an email and can be uploaded to websites like Flickr.
Greenshot can easily be downloaded from its official website. It is easy to install and takes a little time in setting up. The best thing about Greenshot is that it makes “PrntScr” key as the default key for taking screenshots. If you are already using a screenshot tool, Greenshot will ask to assign a key for taking screenshots. It can easily be done in the settings menu.
How to use Greenshot?
Once you are done with installation of the Greenshot, you need to use the hotkey “PrntScr” for taking a screen shot. This key is placed at the just above the backspace and behind the delete button. Now, if you are planning to take a screenshot, press “PrntScr”. It will show you few lines with a magnifying circle for taking the screenshots.
It also shows you the dimensions of the screenshot so that you can take the screenshot as per the needs.
It offers many features during saving the screenshot. As soon as you finish with taking the screenshot, Greenshot asks you to whether you want to save it as any specific location or a preselected location. It also asks for the opening the screenshot in its own editor or sending the screenshot for print. The screenshot can also be opened in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Paint, and Outlook and can also be copied to the clipboard. It can even be uploaded on to the Imgur.
Pressing “Ctrl+PrntScr” or “Alt+PrntScr” or “Shift+PrntScr” allows you to take the screenshot of the full screen. You can open the screenshot in the editor if you want to edit the screenshot.
Greenshot offers a very useful and powerful editor that can be used for making perfect screenshots. The below screenshot is taken and edited by the Greenshot editor and you can see the large variety of editing features offered by the free screenshot tool, Greenshot.
Greenshot is certainly the best free screenshot tool that offers few of very useful features. It is easy to use and can be used to take screenshots and edit them without any hassle. It can improve your work productivity and is a must have tool. Currently, it is available for Windows only but, soon it will be available for all major platforms.